The Relationship between Social Dominance Orientation and Religiosity mediated by Political Orientation and Race

David Bryan Oxendine



Political orientation and race have consistently found to be associated with social dominance orientation (SDO) and religiosity.  This study explores the degree of influence that political orientation and race has on SDO and religiosity.  The research participants consisted of 245 undergraduate and graduate students at an ethnically diverse regional university in the southeastern United States.  As expected, Republican participants scored higher in SDO than Democrats, as White participants scored higher in SDO than did Non-White participants.  Additionally, Republican participants scored higher in religiosity than did Democrats.  As hypothesized, Non-Whites scored higher in religiosity than did Whites. Implications for future research on political orientation, race and other factors associated with SDO and religiosity.

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